Rockne Krebs

(American; b. Kansas City, MO, 1938; lives and works in Washington, D.C.)

Ice Flower


149 x 57 x 38 in. (378.5 x 144.8 x 96.5 cm)

Museum purchase, Gallery Fund


Rockne Krebs has responded to the environmental and atmospheric conditions peculiar to Washington, D.C. since he settled here in the mid-1960s. After graduating from Kansas University in 1961, and then serving in the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1965, Krebs moved to Washington and befriended artists including Kenneth Noland, Thomas Downing, and Sam Gilliam. Interested in the use of light as a medium, Krebs began making drawings, sculptures, and public installations that combined new technologies such as lasers with natural elements such as darkness, sunlight, and shadow. Ice Flower, first presented at the Corcoran in the 1969 exhibition Gilliam, Krebs, McGowin, combines his concerns with transparency and opacity, lightness and solidity, and the intersection of science with natural phenomena.